The following statement was put out by Batay Ouvriye (Worker's Fight), the Autonomous Haitian Worker's Movement. It has been translated and given to Worker's Struggle to share. We need to make clear this was a position put out by an intermediate level organization, similar to Worker's Struggle. The intermediate level has higher levels of political [...]
Mad Scramble Recently, cities around the country have been bidding/begging for Amazon to be the site of the company’s next headquarters. If you listen to the capitalists and their politicians and media, this will be a boom to the local economy. Some absurdities go as far as saying it’s "Akin to winning the lottery". However, [...]
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We live in a world that’s getting increasingly unsustainable, facing challenges as a species that were brought on by very particular economic/social arrangements. We have not made any of the decisions which led to climate change, mass foreclosures of homes, cuts in medical care, etc. Capitalism is attacking us on all fronts, and it is [...]
Budget Cuts on Transit? - Another Attack on Working People! Here in Miami, workers and laborers are faced with some of the most brutal and harshest realities of survival in this country. We see shiny million dollar homes a few miles from the slums and decaying public housing. We see cookie cutter condo developments sprouting [...]
The situation with workers in Haiti is intensifying. The autonomous workers movement (Batay Ouvriye) is continuing its struggle to raise their minimum wage from the current 300 Gourdes (a little less than $5 US a day) to 800 Gourdes (about $12 US) among other demands. Our brothers and sisters suffer daily under the brutal exploitation [...]
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Workers have been on STRIKE in Haiti, halting production across Port-au-Prince at dozens of factories, for two days and counting in the capital city. The city is home to multiple factory specific regions, known as Industrial Parks where tens of thousands of workers in the garment industry are employed and brutally exploited. [...]
Monday, May 1st is Mayday. Workers Struggle honors the history and the tenacity of the working class and its struggle, which advances the rights and pay of every one else in society when they win. Feel free to download and distribute this flyer: WorkersDay WS 2017 and feel free to contact us to see how we [...]
Today is a historic day of both tragedy and victory for the working class. Workers struggle would like to repost a text written some years back about this historic day that has been stolen from us by the bosses. Today is a day for WORKING CLASS women, not women capitalists who exploit them. We honor [...]
The following is text from our sisters and brothers at Batay Ouvriye (Worker’s Fight) in Haiti about the November 2016 elections in Haiti. Batay Ouvriye is an autonomous mass working class movement which has been organized over many years of intense repression from the bosses. Capitalists in the US have shipped many production and assembly [...]
The following is text from a flyer being handed out by Batay Ouvriye (Worker's Fight) in Haiti. Batay Ouvriye is an autonomous mass working class movement which has been organized over many years of intense repression from the bosses. Capitalists in the US have shipped many production and assembly jobs oversees where they can exploit [...]
We share this video from an incredibly powerful politically conscious Chilean MC: Portavoz (which means "spokesman" in Spanish). This is our first sharing of music. We feel that a working class and progressive culture is needed in South Florida. It will be constructed through the efforts of the working class and laborers here. However, as [...]
We work most days, sometimes all profits up and wages fall feeling weak with painful feet times like this, we’re getting’ squeezed the bosses though, live comfortably By Ricardito Rent’s outta control! To be honest everything is crazy expensive. Living in South Florida (or anywhere), is getting so hard you can work full-time and still [...]
By Ricardito Like all major cities, Miami (a strategically located port city) is undergoing a major development transformation. Everywhere you go in Miami, you see construction cranes operated by a score of low wage brutally over worked workers. Many of these workers are recent migrants from Latin America and the Caribbean. Many are Miami locals trying [...]
What does class autonomy mean? Autonomy means, in essence ‘without them.’ Just as the company owners and management (capitalists and their representatives, respectively) meet without us, the workers, to make key decisions in the interest of growing bottom-line profits without our presence or input, (read: making decisions about the workflow, processes, expectations imposed upon us), [...]
Statement of Support for Farmworkers of Washington State and San Quintin, MX and the Boycott of Driscoll’s Berries
Read all solidarity statements for Sakuma farm workers here: https://boycottsakumaberries.com/campaign-updates/solidarity/ Victory to farm workers! We stand in solidarity with farm workers in Washington State and San Quintin, Mexico who have organized an international boycott of retail products containing berries from Sakuma Bros. Farms, including all berries sold under the Driscolls brand and Haagen Dazs (Nestle) ice cream. These [...]
Greetings Sisters and Brothers, We at Workers Struggle recently got word of you organizing your first ever General Assembly. CONGRATULATIONS! We are in a situation in the world where we face the same exploitation and domination everyday, sometimes we are even robbed by the same companies! Though our day to day conditions and situations are [...]
We received the following from the Rapid Response Network: Textile workers in Haiti ask that we pressure H&H sweatshop (where clothing for retailers like Walmart is produced) to rehire the workers who were fired, respect the right to organize, and to pay the wages workers demand. Working class solidarity knows no borders! Workers of the [...]
NYC Event: Haiti: Imperialist Domination, Occupation and Emancipation: The Working-Class Perspective
We received a notice for an event coming up: The Batay Ouvriye Solidarity Network invites you to our monthly progressive community gathering on the occasion of the 101st Anniversary of the first U.S. Occupation of Haiti (July 28, 1915-July 28, 2016). Haiti: Imperialist Domination, Occupation and Emancipation: The Working-Class Perspective Political Analysis Refreshments & Debate [...]
We received this message (original Kreyol is below): We, the workers organized in PLASIT, (Platform of Garment Industry Unions) we salute all our comrades who took part in the solidarity response against all the illegal reprisals and abuse we have faced at the hands of the garment industry bosses in Haiti and all their associates [...]
TEXTILE FACTORY UNION PLATFORM PLASIT-BO [original Kreyol version is below] Greetings to our Media Friends, radio, newspaper and television covering the Press Conference that PLASIT-BO is giving today. The objective of this conference is to make known our position after the mobilization we launched since this past April 14 to pressure the government to set [...]
(A message to a Left Forum panel about working class organizing) By Chris I’ve been working full time in the blue collar sector for over 30 years. I have over 20 years in the transportation industry and another 6 on a factory floor, with a few other jobs during my first few years in the [...]
We in Workers Struggle and working people in the US and Canada support textile workers in Haiti, members of the Textile Factory Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (PLASIT-BO), who are fighting for the minimum wage and the right to organize. We are watching how companies and political agencies and NGOs are putting obstacles in front of workers [...]
We received the following call for international solidarity from Textile Factory Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (PLASIT-BO). Please take action, and send solidarity statements to the workers (info below). Kreyol original is behind the cut. Textile workers mobilize for the minimum wage May 11, 2016 in Port-au-Prince. Following the day of mobilization on May 11, [...]
[Kreyol original below] Management has begun a repression campaign following the day of mobilization on May 11, 2016 by the Textile Factory Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (PLASIT-BO) to demand that the government set the minimum wage at 500 Gourdes ($7.94 for an eight-hour workday) and publish an Executive Order to make it official immediately. The general [...]
http://www.vantbefinfo.com/haitieconomietension-des-ouvriers-de-la-sous-traitance-reclament-le-respect-du-salaire-minimum/ A news report by Vant Bef Info, May 11, 2016. Translation by Google Translate, slightly edited [original French below]: 9:30 am Workers of subcontracting firms currently begin (9:30 am) a work stoppage followed by a sit-in outside the offices of the National Society of Industrial Parks (SONAPI) at the airport road, Vant Bef Info [...]
[Kreyol original is below] TEXTILE PLANT UNION PLATFORM PLASIT-BO (Textile Plant Union Platform – Workers Fight) TO COMMEMORATE MAY FIRST 2016, WE SAY: WE WON’T OBEY! MayDay is not “Day of Agriculture and Labor.” It is a day to commemorate the struggles of workers on the planet. To celebrate agriculture and labor is to celebrate [...]
[A statement from PLASIT-BO, Textile Plant Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in Haiti. Kreyol original is below.] WE FIGHT FOR : A living wage to meet the needs of our children, our families and ourselves. We demand 500 gourdes ($7.94) a day at the very least without increasing the quotas, and other social benefits ; Good working [...]
Press Conference on April 14, 2016 https://youtu.be/8oka6qxkqSI Greetings to all our media friends, print as well as television, that come to provide coverage for the conference that PLASIT, which is Textile Plants Union Platform, to launch the mobilization for the minimum wage adjustment for the year 2015-2016. In PLASIT, we notice that 8 months following [...]
Report from Garment Workers, CODEVI Free Trade Zone, Ouanaminthe, Haiti April 9, 2016 For the past 2/3 weeks at the CODEVI plant, there has been a wave of mobilization for wage adjustments. Workers who sew T-shirt hemlines at the MD factory stood up to demand more money for the quota they were asked to do. [...]
Ouvriye Codevi kap pwoteste kont revokasyon yon gwoup ouvriye ki te nan yon mouvman grevis pou mande ogmantasyon sale yo. Workers at CODEVI (Free Trade Zone in Wanament) protest the firing of a group of workers who were part of a strike movement demanding a wage increase. https://youtu.be/fz7-iKSDM3Q https://youtu.be/0t6COCD5lF8 Feb. 7:
One morning of March 2016 a couple of organizers with Workers Struggle hit the streets of south Florida to reach workers who we heard are very unhappy, overworked and could use some help from the outside to jump-start an organized struggle. Organizers targeted a very large supermarket distribution hub/warehouse with leaflets for the upcoming May [...]
The folowing was sent to us from Batay Ouvriye. On March 11, Batay Ouvriye took part in a press conference with JILAP to denounce the abuse against landless peasants in Corail, 5th Section Delice, Arcahaie at the hands of communal authorities in the area. Following are the statements made by three organizations at the press [...]
March 11, 2016 Today, three representatives from the Landless Peasant Organization in Corail (OPTK) together with Justice and Peace organized a press conference to denounce the abuse and injustice imposed on them by the Administrative Council of Communal Section, 5th Section Delis, Arcahaie. Justice and Peace (JILAP) often works together with Batay Ouvriye in many [...]
The following leaflet was distributed in front of the SONAPI industrial park (with textile and garment factories) for March 8: Click here to see a brief video. Comrades in the textile factories and other laborers: March 8, 1910 – March 8, 2016 makes 106 years since Clara Zetkin, a German militant woman who had [...]
Join us on April 30 and May 1 to celebrate May Day! This inspiring film will be followed by discussion about how we can do in Fort Lauderdale what these restaurant workers did in New York -- organize and fight back together!
STATEMENT FROM MAY FIRST UNION FEDERATION/WORKERS FIGHT ENTE-SENDIKAL PREMYE ME/BATAY OUVRIYE FEBRUARY 7, 2016 (Kreyol version is below) Today, February 7, 2016, we, workers, peasants, laborers in diverse economic categories in the country, raise our voices to warn that we will not continue to accept the conditions of life allotted to us. Since the big [...]
INTERVENTION by PLASIT-BO (Platfòm Sendikal Izin Tekstil – Batay Ouvriye / Platform of Textile Plant Unions – Workers Fight) – PRESS CONFERENCE, JANUARY 21, 2016 PLASIT takes notice that it’s been three years since the Supreme Wage Council was created and it has not respected Article 4.1 of the 2009 Wage Law. The Council always [...]
Democrat and Republican Parties as Collaborationists Against the Working Class by Joseph Harmon and Izzi Creo The False-Dichotomy of the Democrat and Republican Parties for the Working Class Joseph Harmon, who works in the energy industry and unionized with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, shared the following on Facebook and gave permission [...]
Recently at my work (I work in retail) I came across an anti-union video that all new hires must watch. Oddly I never had to watch it; I later learned that the hiring manager at the time was somewhat sympathetic to unions and was married to a union member. Maybe she just forgot to show [...]
Lyrics by Burnsy, South FL truck driver. Music by Stephanie McMillan.
Cartoon Written by Burnsy, a truck driver in South Florida; illustrated by Stephanie McMillan.
By Brandon Argy, construction worker, Indiana December 28, 2015 I believe that too often we, as a people, put our focus on the "needy" or we bitch, bicker and argue about the various relief/welfare programs. We too often jump in and join the ranks of populism. I believe our focus and our thought process needs [...]
Words & concept by Burnsy, a truck driver in South Florida. Illustration by Stephanie McMillan.
Words & concept by Burnsy, South Florida truck driver. Illustration by Stephanie McMillan.
This poem was written by Robert Allen, a railroad engineer in Iowa. He says, "How to encapsulate my enlistment experience? I joined the service four months after the war was lost, at the exact ground zero if you will of the Viet Nam syndrome; the title came to me after I'd written it." ** Momma [...]